How to add files (eBooks and documents) stored in the cloud?

You should be able to add most files stored in the cloud without leaving Outread. Please follow these steps:
  1. Open Outread.
  2. Tap on the + button on the main screen.
  3. Pick Import File.
  4. Tap Browse at the bottom.
  5. Tap Browse again to move to the root level.
  6. Tap on your cloud name, e.g. Dropbox, OneDrive or iCloud Drive.
  7. Pick a folder and tap on a file you want to add. You may need to tap again if the first tap triggered the download.

How to add files (eBooks and documents) from other apps?

You can open following file types in Outread: ePub (DRM-free), PDF, DOC, DOCX, RTF and TXT. If you have files in other formats, you can try using Calibre to convert them to TXT (documents) or EPUB (books).

In most apps (e.g. Files) choose a file, tap on icon, then choose Copy to Outread. You may first need to scroll the second row horizontally and tap on the More button.

On macOS you can also simply drag a file and drop it on Outread icon in the dock.

This option requires Outread+.

Does Outread support Kindle eBooks?

No, because Amazon protects all eBooks with DRM. That protection is designed specifically to disallow reading Kindle eBooks outside of the Kindle ecosystem.

How to add web pages from iOS Safari?

You can save articles using Outread's save extension. It's possible from any app that has the share sheet.

To activate it, tap on icon, then choose Outread. You may first need to scroll the second row horizontally and tap on the More button.

It works similarly on macOS but after tapping on the More button you'll be taken to System Preferences and you'll have to enable checkmark next to Outread there.

How to add an online article or text?

To add any URL, simply tap on the + button on the main screen and then choose Paste URL. To add any text, tap on + and then choose Paste Text.

Why are some articles not displaying properly?

Every website is different, so occasionally some of them may not work properly. As a workaround you can open the page in Safari, select the content, copy it, and paste it into Outread (select + and then Paste Text).

In case of content behind a paywall (e.g. NYT, WSJ) you should get best results when you open an article in Safari and then add it to Outread through the share extension. This way Outread will see the same content that you see (e.g. behind a paywall if you’re a WSJ subscriber).

Does Outread sync my library between devices?

Yes, you can create an account (on Account screen) and your items, preferences, reading stats, etc. will be kept in sync between all your devices. However, items added through Instapaper, Pocket and Readability are synced only with their respective services.

How does the Archived items section work?

Remote articles (from Instapaper, Pocket and Pinboard) are kept on the device for 24 hours after being archived. Local articles – added through Outread – are kept indefinitely, but you can delete them quickly by tapping on the trash button (on the right of Archived Items label).

Why are Outread+ features locked even though I bought it in the past?

Once bought or subscribed, you can use Outread+ on all your devices. Occasionally, in cases such as opening it on a different device or due to lack of network connectivity, it may appear as not bought yet.
To restore Outread+ access:
  1. Open Outread.
  2. Go to the Account screen by tapping on a button in the bottom bar.
  3. Tap on the Outread+ banner near the top of the screen.
  4. Tap on the Restore button at the bottom of the screen.
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